advertisement advertisement Former president George W. Bush continued the rounds of his book tour for his memoir Decision Points, traveling today to Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters, where he and Mark Zuckerberg engaged in some good-humored raillery. That is, Bush engaged in some good-humored raillery–at Zuck’s expense. It was commander in chief meets chief executive officer, and Bush, who quickly sensed opportunity in ribbing Zuckerberg, spent the hour long talk chuckling at the hoodie-clad Facebook founder. Zuck, who opened with a glowing introduction of Bush, was caught off guard when Bush immediately joked, “You’re not exactly Jay Leno!” Likely encouraged by the audience’s laughter, Bush then asked whether Zuck graduated from his alma mater Andover before correcting himself: “Oh, you went to [rival] Exeter!” Next, Zuckerberg transitioned into his first question, asking Bush why he chose Facebook (and presumably not … [Read more...] about Bush Makes Fun of Zuckerberg at Facebook
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What do the White House and FastCompany.com have in common? The both run on Web engine Drupal. The White House has just switched over. Obama loves some open-source, it seems. advertisement advertisement When Bush was still sitting in the big chair, the White House ran its Web pages with a proprietary content management system–obviously it worked okay, but such a closed system isn’t the way to go for a science- and future-friendly President like Barack Obama. The seeds of the change were probably planted way back during his highly Web-centric and social media-loaded election campaign, but it’s taken a big chunk of planning (according to White House sources) to get everything in place to switch to Drupal as its CMS. Drupal, in case you’re not familiar with the tech, is one of those magic, complex, and slightly boring sounding back-room bits of code that make many big Web sites tick, including this one. It was written by Dries Buytaert and it’s free … [Read more...] about Under First Open-Source Prez Obama, White House Adopts Drupal, but at What Cost?
Ross Perot, the Texas billionaire who in 1992 was the most successful third-party candidate for president since Theodore Roosevelt, died Tuesday at 89. Perot was the butt of countless jokes on ’90s late-night TV, but his populist campaign against Washington waste and corruption struck a chord with many voters as he competed with George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton for the White House. He famously predicted the NAFTA trade agreement would cause a “giant sucking sound” as jobs left the country for Mexico. While he’s often credited with helping deliver the presidency to Clinton after 12 years of Republican rule under Bush and Ronald Reagan, The New York Times reports his candidacy didn’t appeal to Republicans alone. His attack on Washington corruption and free trade policies arguably paved the way for President Trump’s candidacy, although there are obviously many differences between the two candidates: Trump ran from within the Republican party rather … [Read more...] about Ross Perot helped set the stage for Donald Trump in one crucial way
1 Pump It Up OPEC Extraordinary Meeting Vienna advertisement advertisement Extraordinary times (and gas prices) call for extraordinary meetings. Citing the need for “extreme vigilance in assessing the market,” ministers from the oil cartel’s 13 nations–responsible for 40% of global output–will hold a special summit at OPEC HQ in Vienna. (Has anyone else ever wondered why OPEC is based in oil giant Austria?) Our money is on the petro power brokers voting to hold production steady before adjourning for lavish amounts of schnitzel. –Jeff Chu 3 Watch Super Bowl XLII Glendale, Arizona Most years, Super Bowl Sunday is less about the football than the ads (list price this year is up to $2.7 million for a 30-second spot) and guacamole (though the oft-repeated factoid–that more than two-thirds of U.S. annual avocado consumption is pegged to the big game–is myth). While we don’t expect major innovations in guac, watch for ads … [Read more...] about Now February
WHO: Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and ex-Secretary of State WHAT: International Franchise Association annual convention WHEN: February 9-12 WHERE: Orlando, Florida WHY: Powell may seem an odd choice to lecture McDonald’s owners and Pizza Hut operators. But IFA spokesman Terry Hill explains: “A franchise business is in essence a system… . So naturally [we] look to military people, who have been trained by one of the greatest systems in the world.” And to Republicans: Recent IFA speakers include Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and George H.W. and Barbara Bush–though, says Hill, “we’d love to have Bill Clinton speak as well.” HOW MUCH: At least $100,000 advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Speaker For Hire